Today we have a very special episode where we spoke to James Nagle about what life was like for an average IRA recruit and a British soldier. If you enjoyed our big picture overview but want to dive deeper into what life was like for an IRA recruit on the run, a civilian having to please both the IRA and the British, or a Black and Tan riding a convoy worried about an ambush, this is the interview for you!
Irish Civil War: Law, Execution, and Atrocity by Sean Enright, Merrion Press, 2019
A slightly dry, but fascinating read about the executions that took place during the Irish Civil War. Like his prior book on the Easter Rising Trial, Sean spends the first half of the book providing historical and legal context for the trials, before working through each execution in a linear process. This method can be a dry read, especially since he only provides short glimpses into the lives of those who are being executed, but that doesn’t mean this book isn’t interesting.
Book Review of Richard Mulcahy from the Politics of War to the Politics of Peace 1913-1924 by Padraig O Caoimh, Irish Academic Press 2019
- A long overdue biography on a vital founder of the Irish Free State and Irish Army
- Rich analysis that is easy to read
- Provides needed context on the IRB’s role during the Irish-Anglo War and the Irish Civil War
- Provides little personal information about Richard Mulcahy
- A few chapters are dense because of the amount of information being presented
- There needs to a second volume
This biography is long overdue and excels at bringing Mulcahy out of Collin’s shadow, highlighting a career of various ups and down during the Irish War of Independence as well as the Irish Civil War.